While tension between Australia and Indonesia continues, the connection between the countries’ young leaders continues to flourish. Since CAUSINDY was held in Canberra in October 2014, delegates from both countries have taken an active role using their new knowledge, networks and friendships to continue “shaping the future” of the vital relationship.
The delegates have collaborated closely following the conference to develop recommendations that support the areas they believe should be the focus going forward. The report presents three practical initiatives:
- Elite internship program: Enable young professionals to become success corporate executives with the ability to conduct business successfully across multiple markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
- SME Resource Centre: Strengthen the economy by supporting the growth of small-medium businesses through resources centres which provide practical advice/information and access to experienced entrepreneurs.
- Mobile AUSINDO Hub: Increase knowledge of Australian and Indonesian culture especially in regional areas by leveraging the power social media and through a “mobile cultural embassy”.
These initiatives are not new, ground breaking or complex and parts of these initiatives have already been implemented via one of the many ongoing bilateral projects. The key difference is that these recommendations represent the themes that the next generation of leaders believe should be central to the relationship going forward.
So today while government, private sector and educational institutions develop policies which will shape the future relations, they should listen to the individuals that will lead this relationship in the future.
We believe that with discipline, effective stakeholder engagement and long-term commitment these initiatives can achieve maximum impact and shift the relationship onto a more positive forward-looking trajectory
Both the delegates and CAUSINDY team feel it is more important than ever to connect with like-minded leaders. Through CAUSINDY, engagement will not be dampened and we see the conference as a platform to continue inspiring the next generation of leaders to “shape the future” of Australia-Indonesia relations.
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